Irene Can't Wait for 'Heaven Train'
Irene Dunne returns to the screen in "The Heaven Train" because nobody - nobody - could turn down that picture. It's a religious western, with Irene playing the mother superior to a group of nuns being escorted west by a hard-shelled Baptist minister, Jimmy Stewart, and a tough wagon master, Duke Wayne. Producer Ross Hunter and James Lee Barrett are polishing their script now for production in '66. ...
(Los Angeles Times, September 20, 1965)
Maybe that's only another rumored project, but it certainly sounds like one Irene really could have considered. She would have liked to play a nun and regreted that she missed the part of the Swedish nun in "The Bell's of St. Mary" (Ingrid Berman played it). And I assume that she would have enjoyed to work with close friend Jimmy Stewart. The two of them completed by Duke Wayne, well, that's quite a cast!
Looking at the date, one possible reason why this film never was made could be the death of Frank in October 1965. But this is mere speculation on my part, and we'll never know... however, what a pity!
My Favorite Recipe
1/2 cupful butter
1 cupful sugar
1 3/4 cupfuls cake flour
1/2 teaspoonful salt
1 1/2 teaspoonfuls baking powder
1/2 cupful milk
1 tablespoonful maple sirup
1 tablespoonful melted chocolate
1/2 teaspoonful cinnamon
1/4 teaspoonful nutmeg
1/4 teaspoonful allspice
Place butter in warm placer where it will soften slightly, but must not melt. Cream sugar in butter gradually. Add the yolks of the eggs of the eggs, which have been beaten. Sift flour and salt together several times and add alternately with the milk. Sift baking powder in a little of the flour, which is added last. Fold in egg whites, which have been beaten stiff.
Place one-third of the mixture in a seperate bowl and add spices, sirup and melted chocolate to it. Drop a spoonful of each mixture alternately into cake pan. Bake in moderate oven.
This cake is excellent to serve if the meal seems a little rich. It is not heavy and is delicious without icing.
(The Cuba (Kansas) Tribune, October 22, 1936)
This seems to be a delicious marble cake recipe; especially to use these spices sounds good to me. But one question is still unanswered - how many eggs? In the newspaper's ingredients list the cinnamon turned up twice but the eggs were absent. I haven't tried it yet but similar recipes work with four or five eggs. If someone has an idea about the correct number of eggs, please, let us know!
Happy baking cakes! :)
The radiant La Dunne ca. 1962
It seems that the whole below described protection - btw the reoccuring element of Irene's beauty tips - payed off.
I personally definitely stick to Rosalind Russell's "Taking joy in life is a woman's best cosmetic." But the support of some lotion and cream is certainly helpful. However, I am not going to use "some of those marvelous creams that you smooth over your whole body before the bath." I'll stick to my shower and the lotion afterwards... have a nice smearing and good luck with the brand new faces, ladies!
FRED MacMurray is one of the nicest guys in Hollywood - decent, intelligent, friendly, regular. Nevertheless, his virtues and talents do not include a facile tongue. It's hard for Fred to talk much. It is harder for him to give a good interview. He just can't seem to unwind.
For example, about the time "Invitation to Happiness" was made at Paramount, we thought we'd do a piece for PHOTOPLAY on Irene Dunne from the MacMurray point of view.
"Describe Irene as you see her," we requested.
Fred thought a minute, then another, then several more, before he finally came forth with this response:
"Well, she's beautiful, and she worries."
And as far as he was concerned, the interview was over.
(Photoplay, March 1940 from the column "Cal York's Gossip of Hollywood")